Engagement photos downtown Durham NC. Photo by Caroline Lima.

One of the things I love about being a wedding photographer is spending time in the company of people who are flying high on love. If I am having a less-than-perfect week, all it takes is one couple making each other laugh, looking into each other’s eyes…and suddenly the rain clouds disappear! I feel so grateful that I get to be a part of their lives for one moment, so grateful that they are sharing their connection with me and my camera. So I know I am in the right line of work! And I know that working with people as open, kind and passionately in love as Allison and Paul is a huge gift!
These two have one of the strongest connections I have ever seen. When I plan an engagement session with clients, I usually suggest they select no more than two locations, as moving a lot can break the flow. But this didn’t apply in the least to Allison and Paul. The day we were at Duke Gardens there were a lot of visitors, so we had to stop and start many times. Each time we jumped back in, it was seamless…because of their connection. They have so much love for one another and so much love for life! Spending time with them was exactly what I needed on that particular day. ūüôā
These two met at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham in the spring of 2015. On the same night, their mutual friend Amanda (who is also Paul’s pastor and will be marrying them!) had a sudden epiphany that they might be a perfect match…and they soon agreed! Before long, thoughts of marriage were in the air. So when Paul proposed a weekend trip to New York City to visit friends, Allison guessed that a different kind of proposal might be in the works! What she didn’t know was that Paul had already spoken with her parents and obtained her grandmother’s wedding band. On the second day of their stay, they walked the High Line together. Just as they neared the end, Paul asked the question!
But here’s the extra magical part: years earlier, Allison had mentioned to her parents that she would love to be proposed to on the High Line some day. And Paul had no knowledge of that conversation…it was amazing!
I know their wedding will be one for the books. I spoke to Allison’s mother before our session, and there was so much joy in her voice! I look forward to meeting her in person, as well as the rest of this couple’s family and friends, of which there are many! I could not be more grateful and delighted to be their wedding photographer! Below is a sneak peek of their engagement session.
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Bride and Groom portraits. Wedding ceremony at the Chapel of Cross in Chapel Hill. White and pink bouquet. Photo by Caroline Lima.

What could be better than marrying someone you trust, someone you can talk to about anything…someone who is your best friend? Joanne and Nate met years ago, and bit by bit developed a friendship that would change both of their lives forever! It all started with a fateful 2009 car trip to Washington D.C. Nate needed a ride, and although they were barely acquaintances, Joanne stepped up to the plate. Despite I-95 traffic, time flew by with good conversation and definite chemistry! The attraction was there, but the timing was not…yet. ūüôā Over the next four years they became friends. Best friends. And one day, everything just fell into place. The timing was finally right! And the romance that blossomed was stronger and deeper than either of them imagined could be possible. Now they are husband and wife!
Joanne and Nate love spending time in Chapel Hill, so it was absolutely fitting that their wedding and reception took place at Chapel of the Cross and The Carolina Inn, respectively. The Carolina Inn is such a timeless hotel and I love photographing there. Joanne was beautiful in her Pronovias wedding gown and cathedral veil. The color palette of this wedding was especially pretty, with the bridesmaids in soft, flowing light blue dresses. A perfect choice for a late spring southern wedding! Joanne and Nate really enjoyed all of their guests, and at the reception they had an absolute blast on the dance floor!
I have to take a moment to say how much I loved working with Tia from Erin McLean Events. She had a smile on her face the whole time…so cheerful and organized. It’s always a pleasure to work alongside someone who enjoys what they do as much as Tia does. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get to work together again in the near future!

I hope you enjoy this selection of photos from Joanne and Nate’s day. And Joanne and Nate: I wish you two the very best in this new chapter!

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Wedding at the Carolina Inn

Thanks Jamie Vinson for shooting this wedding with me!

Ceremony: The Chapel of Cross / Reception: Carolina Inn / Coordination: Erin McLean Events /¬†Florist: Serendipity Designs / Stationary: Minted / Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes /¬†Catering: The Carolina Inn / Reception music: KM DJ Company /¬†Hair and Make-up: The Makeup Culture /¬†Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Veil: Custom veil, designed by Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture Shoes: Stuart Weitzman /¬†Bridesmaids dress: Dessy Group /¬†Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Transportation: EcoStyle

Engagement session at the Carillon in Richmond. Photo by Caroline Lima.

Sometimes love is worth waiting for. In fact, I think it’s always worth waiting for…but that can be easier said than done! Brittney and Kevin met in a mathematics class their very first year of college. She noticed him right away. But it would be another four years before they started dating! Now, six years beyond that, they stand in front of my camera laughing and holding hands. A beautiful couple…who are about to become husband and wife!
Our recent engagement session took place in Richmond. We had to reschedule a couple of times due to weather, but I’m so glad we did. We ended up with a gorgeous day and amazing light…and Brittney and Kevin’s adorable ‘kids’ Mags and Shae were able to come along too! Including pups in a session is always a welcome treat for me. ūüôā Mags is nine and came into the relationship with Brittney. She is a love bug who adores hugs and kisses, and likes to lean on you to get close and snuggly! Shae (who is two) is obviously the younger sibling, she’s very into her tennis ball right now! The pups enjoyed exploring Monument Avenue as we strolled. And Brittney looked so pretty in her red lace dress! This was a perfect, bright choice for the engagement session; it really stood out against the stone wall of the Carillon at Byrd Park.
The wedding is set for New Year’s Eve at the Jefferson Hotel, and I am already looking forward to it! As a Virginia wedding photographer, I love exploring and working in the historic landmarks of the state. I can’t wait to see Brittney looking stunning (as she no doubt will!) against the dramatic, classical backdrop of the Jefferson. Such a pleasure getting to know this couple! I hope you enjoy this sneak peak of their engagement session…
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Engagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.

I have such respect and gratitude for people who work in the medical field. To manage all that training, the hard work, the intense schedule, the relationships with patients… It truly is a gift, and an incredible service to the rest of us. When two people who do this kind of work somehow find each other and fall in love, it seems like it’s doubly deserved! Spending a morning with Theresa and Winn to celebrate their love felt really, really good!
Their recent engagement session took place in the early morning, and was very laid back and fun. We’d communicated beforehand about the possibility of rain, and Theresa was so easy-going. She even suggested we just use umbrellas if there were showers! My kind of bride! A¬†few years ago she was a guest at a wedding I photographed. When Theresa saw the photos I took that day, she told me she could ‘hear’ the bride’s laughter in the photographs. Such a tremendous compliment!
The story of how Winn proposed was very sweet. Theresa and Winn were both on rotation over the holidays (they’re doing their medical residencies at Duke) and hadn’t seen much of each other in four weeks. At midnight on Christmas, Winn paged Theresa to the lobby, supposedly for a consultation. When Theresa walked in, she saw that Winn had set the scene with twinkle lights, small Christmas trees and bouquets. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with the most amazing family ring! She said yes…and the room erupted into applause! When Theresa turned around, she saw that the patients and their families there were cheering them on! What a proposal! Below is a sneak peek of their lovely session.Raleigh NC Wedding PhotographerEngagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.Raleigh NC Wedding PhotographerEngagement photos at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh NC. Photo by Caroline Lima Photography.Raleigh NC Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom portraits at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. Photo by Caroline Lima.

When I first worked with Courtney and Jon last fall on their engagement session, I was struck by how genuine they are. I think it’s impossible not to be drawn to their kind, calm personalities. We had such a good conversation, strolling through the UNC campus. And as I watched them through my lens, I could clearly see the depth of their feelings for one another. When we parted ways that day, I immediately began to look forward to their Chapel Hill Carriage House wedding. Well, the day finally arrived! And it was every bit as beautiful and special as I knew it would be.
For one, Courtney’s smile is absolutely contagious! She was glowing and radiant, and just like Jon cares so much for the people around her. As her bridesmaids were helping her dress, Courtney took time to tell them she felt honored to have them there. She made all of her loved ones feel as special and important as they really are to her. And so did Jon. It is such a pleasure and a gift to see that kind of love and generosity…and it all starts with the bride and groom.
The ceremony took place at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Before it began, Jon and Courtney exchanged letters and gifts. Watching the emotion on Jon’s face as he read Courtney’s words was so touching. At one point, he broke off and said (obviously to himself) “What did I do to deserve her?” A genuine moment that I will never forget! Later, as he watched his bride come down the aisle, tears welled up in Jon’s eyes. So beautiful! And the surprising part? The deep and true emotion of this wedding transitioned into a very exciting dance floor! This bride and groom can definitely cut a rug! I can’t help but giggle now, remembering how much fun it was to watch them at their reception at The Carriage House! I hope you enjoy their photos as much as I’ve been enjoyed¬†working with them! A huge thanks to Kast Events, such a perfect and smooth day!
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Thanks to talented Becci Ames for shooting their wedding with me! I love to work with you my friend.

Coordinator: Kast Events¬†/ Ceremony: University Presbyterian Church / Reception: Chapel Hill Carriage House / Videographer: Jon Murray / Florist: Diane Joyal – Bowerbird Flowers / Stationary: Blush Paperie / Cake Artist: Buttercream’s Bake Shop /¬†Catering: Beau Catering /¬†Ceremony music: Thomas Brown / Reception music: Arioso Strings (cocktail hour) & Joe Bunn ¬†/ Make-up and hair: Pamela Hung with OnLoKtion Makeup /¬†Wedding Dress and veil: Maggi Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade Sela /¬†Bridesmaids dress: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire:¬†Bernard’s Formalwear